How to use everything in June's Dungeon Crate

Things are feeling a little… shady.

That’s what this month’s box is all about: The Shady Lady tavern and the adventure in which it’s featured.

Many of the items in this box tie into the adventure, but they’re all useful for D&D, Pathfinder and other fantasy RPG players, no matter what adventure you’re running.

Inside June’s Dungeon Crate, there’s the adventure, coins, two miniatures, two maps, terrain, dice and a freaking bath bomb.

So, draw a bath, crack open that adventure booklet, and let’s relax while we get into this box, shall we?

A Shady Situation adventure module — Dungeon Crate Adventures

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Dungeon Crate went big this time. Upgrading from a simple four-page pamphlet to this 12-page, full-color booklet is big. A little more than a one-session adventure, this booklet takes adventurers on a trip to a distillery to free a cask of whiskey from bandits and return it in time for a major celebration. Also: Lizard Pirates. Yeah. This is a fun one, and it’s the biggest adventure Dungeon Crate has done yet.

How to use it: Roll up a few characters. Play.

Metal Inspiration Coins – 1980Who

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These golden tokens are perfect to hand out at the table when players roleplay just right or pull off something particularly cool. We love the inspiring design stamped into the coins.

How to use it: Hand them out as needed for inspiration at the game table. Or use them as in-game currency. Or use them as three powerful magic coins that need to be found before they fall into the wrong hands.

Shady Lady Mini – Reaper

Representing the fearsome Bonnie LaBlanc from A Shady Situation, this badass Bones mini from the talented hands at Reaper is good for any barmaid-turned-asskicker.

How to use it: Any time you need a strong woman in the game, drop this mini on the table. She’s awesome.

Reptilian Mini – Reaper

Once again representing a character from A Shady Situation (specifically the lizard river pirates), this guy is an ugly, mean one.

How to use it: Good to represent any kind of lizardman, jungle monster, kobold or (maybe) even a dragonborn.

D20 Bath Bomb – Fizzy Fairy Apothecary

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Oh man. We’ve tried these, and they are a delight. Treat yourself to a fizzy, yummy-smelling time in the tub with one of these nerdy-themed bath treats. And just like many bath bombs, there’s a surprise inside.

How to use it: Fill up the tub. Drop it in. Let it fizz. Enjoy your bath.

Mini Wood Barrels – Dungeon Crate

The Shady Lady needs to be stocked with these wooden barrels. They’re great terrain for any bar setting or tavern map.

How to use it: Put them on the table any time you need small terrain, use them as counters or put halflings in them and cruise down the river.

Terrain Card: The Lisran – Dungeon Doodles

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This double-sided terrain card represents both the upper and lower levels of the good ship The Lisran in A Shady Situation.

How to use it: Any time you need a small boat, drop this guy on the table. The small card size means you can use it on top of any map.

d24 – GameScience

We like weird dice. This guy looks kinda like a standard d20, but it has a few extra sides. The precision dice from Game Science are always beautiful, and we bet you’ll find a few uses for this oddity.

How to use it: Create a random table with 24 possible entries. Roll it instead of a d12. Use it to track the hours in a day.

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How to choose your ideal D&D character

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Welcome to the table.

What character are you going to play?

For first time players jumping into D&D, Pathfinder or other fantasy RPGs, picking what kind of character to play can be daunting. First off, there are loads of options (races, classes, subclasses, personality, equipment, backgrounds, feats, etc.). Second off, picking your class dictates how you’re going to experience the game.

You want to enjoy your character and how it plays, so we’re here to help you pick a character class.

For starters, what is a character class?

There are thousands of combinations that will make your character unique from its race (elf, dwarf, human, etc.) to what kind of weapons it carries (a short sword vs. a great axe vs. a holy symbol).

Your class is probably the most defining aspect of your character and dictates its abilities. Wizards cast spells. Rogues are good at sneaking and stabbing. Barbarians charge in like madmen and break stuff.

They all have some combination of combat abilities (attacks, damaging spells or abilities that strengthen other characters) and non-combat abilities (sneaking, picking locks, intimidation, diplomacy).

What role do you want?

What sounds fun to you? You can fight with swords or arrows or spells or fists. You can be the sneaky, stealthy guy who backstabs enemies or the wild and crazy girl who charges in with weapons swinging.

Think about a class your party needs.

A good party has balance. A crew of barbarians and fighters or a party made entirely of wizards might not work well.

A typical party has a magic user, a healer, a damage dealer and a tank, but parties can be balanced in diverse ways. If you’re having trouble choosing, ask the others at your table what they might need in the party. It could help you choose.

What class should you choose?

Let us help with that.

We broke out the core D&D 5th edition classes to help give you a sense of the differences between each one.

When you’re ready, crack open your Player’s Handbook and get to work.

Barbarian

Good for people who like: Fierce warriors, charging into battle.

Characters like: Conan the Barbarian, Drax, Hulk

Role: Tank that takes on enemies with its rage and reckless attacks.

Bard

Good for people who like: Magic that inspires others or music used as a weapon.

Characters like: Jareth the Goblin King, Tenacious D.

Role: A support class that uses magic and inspiration to control the battlefield.

Cleric

Good for people who like: Healing your allies, doing some damage.

Characters like: “Bones” McCoy, Thor, the healer class from your favorite video game.

Role: Often a healer, helping other characters stay upright while they battle. Occasionally a fighter who calls down the power of their god to help in battle.

Druid

Good for people who like: Using the power of nature or shapeshifting.

Characters like: Poison Ivy, Maui, Beast Boy.

Role: A magic user that casts spells and can shifts into a beast shape to fight.

Fighter

Good for people who like: A master of combat, weapons and armor.

Characters like: Wonder Woman, Captain America, Gimli.

Role: Your archetypal fantasy warrior, the fighter is a tank that does a lot of damage but also absorbs a lot from enemies.

Monk

Good for people who like: Martial arts and throwing punches and kicks.

Characters like: Rocky Balboa, Bruce Lee, Daredevil.

Role: A master of martial arts, the monk does a whole lot of damage with its fists and feet.

Paladin

Good for people who like: Calling on a favored deity as they run into battle.

Characters like: King Arthur, Darth Vader.

Role: A tank usually clad in heavy armor and using the power of its god to do battle and occasionally do some healing.

Ranger

Good for people who like: Lobbing in arrows and tracking down bad guys.

Characters like: Robin Hood, Legolas, Buffy, Link, Hawkeye, Katniss Everdeen.

Role: Often a ranged attacker, the ranger also has limited spellcasting ability.

Rogue
Good for people who like: Doing lots of damage, thieving.

Characters like: Han Solo, Loki, Black Widow.

Role: A sneaky character that can move around the battlefield, backstab and pick locks.

Sorcerer

Good for people who like: Blowing things up with magic.

Characters like: Scarlet Witch, Harry Potter.

Role: Damage dealers, Sorcerers are born with raw magic in their blood, but they have more limited access to spells than wizards but can cast them practically at will.

Warlock

Good for people who like: Dark deals and sinister magic.

Characters like: John Constantine, Silver Surfer, Jack Sparrow.

Role: Combat-focused, warlocks are given their magical powers by making a pact with an otherworldly patron.

Wizard

Good for people who like: Casting all kinds of magical and wonderful spells.

Characters like: Gandalf, Doctor Strange, Hermione Granger.

Role: Controlling the battlefield, Wizards study magic for years and are the masters of the arcane.

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How to use Dungeon Crate at your game table

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Every month, Dungeon Crate delivers game-worthy goodies to your front door.

But what do you do with those goodies?

The miniatures, dice, adventures, tokens, terrain, coins, notebooks and other items often have obvious uses — y’know, roll the dice, use the miniatures in your games. But there’s always tons more you can do with everything in your box every month.

Miniatures

Often, Dungeon Crate includes miniatures that are a part of our exclusive adventures. You can definitely use them there but try creating your own encounter around a monster miniature. We’re also fans of crafting a new player character based off a mini we love. It’s even more satisfying if you paint it up and make it yours.

Alternately, make your new mini into an important NPC or perhaps a villain. A wight miniature we included recently could easily be a lich, a lord of undead, a deathlock or a necromancer.

Dice

There should be more to do in a tavern than find jobs and meet your new adventuring party. We like to create tavern games based off dice rolls.

Create a drinking game using the d8 you find in the box (adding bonuses for drinking stronger liquors or negative consequences for failing the associated constitution check). Or make a gambling game using a sweet d20. For example, each player rolls til they get a 20. The more rolls it takes, the more money they have to put in the pot.

Adventures

Every month, Dungeon Crate includes a new adventure created just for our subscribers. Maybe you’re in the middle of another adventure or not looking for something new to play.

But there’s always something from the adventures you can use in your games. Each adventure comes with a digital crate full of exclusive maps, new monsters from our bestiary and newly created magic items.

Grab that beefed up minotaur to drop in a random encounter. Pull the roadside encounter map to use in your own game.

Coins

We love using coins in our games. They offer a unique and cool way to represent currency rather than simply writing down how many gold points you’ve got on a character sheet. You can also use them as inspiration tokens, offer it to a player for great play, mark treasure locations on the map or use them to play tavern games.

The Box

“Wait, the box?” you say. Yeah, the box. If you’re anything like us, you have loads of D&D stuff laying around. The Dungeon Crate box is fantastic for storage, especially when you’ve been subscribing for a while and have built up a collection of them. You can also chop up the cardboard and turn them into tiles for your games. Or, turn the box into a tiny photo studio for your miniatures.

Be sure to keep up with everything we’re doing. Find and follow us on Facebook (Wayne does a live Coffee & Contemplation every Tuesday & Friday morning), InstagramTwitterPinterest and watch us play Roll20 on Twitch. Listen to our free DnD5e and Dungeon Crate podcasts. You can also score some sweet loot if you check out our online store.

A beginner's guide to Dungeon Crate

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Welcome to Dungeon Crate.

You’ve taken your first step down a road that goes ever on and on. We know you might have some questions about subscription boxes and the kind of stuff you’d receive in Dungeon Crate.

We have answers.

So, what is this crate business?

If you’ve never gotten one before, subscription crates are like monthly surprises you get for yourself. The basic idea is this: Every month, a specially-curated crate arrives at your doorstep with all kinds of goodies. And the price you pay is generally a lot less than the value of the items in the box.

It’s really fun and it can be really addicting. (We get, um, more than a few crates sent to our door every month.)

But what about Dungeon Crate?

Dungeon Crate is like other subscription boxes except we specialize in items for tabletop fantasy RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder (and many, many others).

We were the first to do what we do, and we still think we’re the best.

What sorts of things should I expect in Dungeon Crate?

Only the best stuff.

Each crate includes several items. Past crates have included dice, miniatures, adventures, tokens, terrain, coins, notebooks, more dice, character trackers, dice trays, pins, pint glasses, pawns, dice bags, card decks, even more dice and items that fit your RPG-playing lifestyle. (The d20-shaped soaps were a hit.)

Many are custom items available only through Dungeon Crate.

Do all the items work together?

Each month has a theme, which is often centered around the adventure booklet we create just for Dungeon Crate.

Many times, the tokens, miniatures and other pieces work with the adventure, but they’re also universal enough that they can be used for any of your RPG sessions.

Do I get to pick the items?

We do that for you. We curate each crate to be something special, and every month is different. Everyone gets the same items. If you’re a Dungeons & Dragons gamer, you’ll dig them.

One month might be a thief adventure, a d20, rogue miniatures, inspiration tokens and elven coins. The next month might be a magical adventure, wizard miniature, magic item card deck, wizard familiar tokens and a button.

What else is there?

You may think the stuff that’s in the crate is all that the crate comes with. You would be wrong. We have more for you.

We also put together a kickass digital crate every month. It can include printable maps, virtual tabletop tokens, artwork, papercraft terrain and monster stats from our ever-expanding bestiary.

Sounds awesome. How do I subscribe?

It’s easy. Just go here and sign up.

We’re glad you’re on board.